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​How to swap bands on the Apple Watch

It only takes a matter of seconds to change the look and feel of the Apple Watch. Here's what you need to know.

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The bands on the Apple Watch are interchangeable, meaning you can easily change and swap bands for different looks. Unfortunately, you can't use a normal watch band. Apple uses its own proprietary system for the way the band connects, however we do expect to see some third-party options in the future. CNET's Scott Stein showed us how to swap bands and the process couldn't be simpler. Here's what you need to know.

Choosing the right band

There are three models of the Apple Watch: Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. Once you've chosen the watch you like, you then have to choose the size. There's a smaller 38mm model and a larger 42mm one. The bands you purchase must be the same size of the watch. For example, while the 38mm link bracelet can be used on the Sport, Watch and Edition models, it will not fit the 42mm size, regardless of model.

You should also consider purchasing only certain bands for certain models. Even if a band fits your watch, it may not match the finish. For example, the anodized-aluminum finish of the Apple Watch Sport may not look great with the link bracelet or Milanese loop.

Swapping a new band

There are two small button on the back of the watch. To change the band, press down the button and gently slide the strap out of place. With the silicone band, you can remove each strap one at a time. For the Link Bracelet, however, you must remove both sides of the strap at the same time. Once the band has been removed, simply slide the new one in.

For more information on the Apple Watch, be sure to check out CNET's full review and our getting started guide.